Bombarding an Enemy Naval Base Postcard

This week’s postcard is a highly fanciful painting of an imagined attack by the Royal Navy on an enemy’s naval base:

This painting seems to date from the start of the First World War and is entirely imagined. It is interesting to note however that even at this early date, the role of aircraft as spotters is clearly a concept recognised by the artist as a very early float biplane can be seen flying overhead:

The British fleet can be seen out to see, their searchlights lighting up the sky and their guns bombarding the enemy:

The fruits of their labour can be seen in the harbour, where the enemy’s fleet and harbour installations is cheerfully being blown to smithereens:

This image is obviously the results of the artist’s fertile imagination, it is however a great example of the Boy’s Own type of propaganda images that were so popular with the public at the start of World War One.

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